Democratic Destiny and the District of Columbia

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-15
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This book contributes substantially to urban affairs and public policy literature by presenting an introduction to the complex politics and public policy issues of Washington, D.C. The uniqueness of the city, as elaborated in this volume, provides background for understanding the non-traditional congressional relationship with the city and the way in which this establishes and perpetuates the continuing fight for congressional representation, real home rule and equitable federal benefits for citizens of the District of Columbia. Usually becoming a mayor, member of a city council, or agency head in a major city could become a stepping stone to higher office. In Washington, D.C. however, this has not been the case. Contests for political leadership operate in a unique political climate because Washington, D.C is the capital of the U.S., subject to congressional oversight, has a majority African American population, and has a majority Democratic population. Those who become mayor are therefore, confined to play a local with rare opportunities for a national role. One Objective of this volume is to highlight the difficulties of experiencing political democracy and adequate policy distribution by citizens of the District of Columbia. These analyses conclude that one of the major obstacles to these objectives is the manner in which home rule was constructed and persists, leading to the conclusion that the desire of citizens and their leaders for change is well founded.

Author Biography

Ronald Walters is director of the African American Leadership Institute and professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. His many books include Black Presidential Politics, winner of the American Political Science Association's Ralph Bunche Prize, and White Nationalism, Black Interests, an "academic bestseller," covered by C-SPAN. Toni-Michelle C. Travis is associate professor and program director of African American studies at George Mason University. She is the faculty representative to the Board of Visitors' Committee on Equity and Diversity. She has been a member of the Department of Public and International Affairs since 1984, and is the editor of the Almanac of Virginia Politics.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Endorsementsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Methodologyp. xxiii
The Beginning: The Arrival of the Israelites in Japan B.C. 250-A.D. 250
The Origin of the Japanese Peoplep. 3
The Yamato People & Their Statep. 4
Shintoism, Kojiki & Nihongop. 6
Origin of Japan-Hebrew Theoriesp. 8
The Lost Tribes of Israelp. 11
The Silk Routep. 14
The Jewish Entrance into Japanp. 16
The Hada Peoplep. 19
Hebrew-Japanese Cultural Comparisonsp. 22
Mythological Linksp. 22
Hebrew Words in Japanese Mythp. 22
Yasaka Beadsp. 24
The Wedding of Izanagi & Izanamip. 24
The Heavenly Koyane & Priestly Officep. 26
The Three Japanese Emperorsp. 26
Hebrew-Japanese Linguistic Linksp. 28
Hebrew Words in the Japanese Languagep. 28
Japanese & Hebrew Alphabetsp. 30
Hebrew Songs in the Japanese Languagep. 31
Hebrew & Japanese Cultural Linksp. 34
Hebrew Shinto Comparisonsp. 34
Japanese Festivals with Hebrew Rootsp. 40
Cultural Similaritiesp. 48
The Imperial House of Japanp. 51
Emperor as the High Priestp. 52
The Imperial Sacred Mirrorp. 53
Keikyo: The Church of the East in Japan A.D. 600
The Church of the East in Asiap. 59
The Definition of the Church of the Eastp. 60
The Beginning of the Church of the Eastp. 61
The Early Persecutionsp. 62
The Rise of Nestoriansp. 63
Church of the East in China & Mongoliap. 65
Christianity during China's Tang Dynastyp. 66
Church of the East in Mongoliap. 69
The Cultural Heritage of the Church of the East in Asiap. 72
Medical Sciencep. 72
Language & Alphabetp. 73
Nestorians & Religious Dialoguep. 75
The Church of the East in Japanp. 77
Early Records of Keikyo in Japanp. 77
Records of Keikyo during the Eighth Century A.D.p. 78
Kobo Daishi & the Nestorian Monument in Koyap. 79
Uzumasa & the Koryuji Templep. 80
Miroku Bosatsu-Christp. 81
The Well of Isarai & the Shrine of Davidp. 81
The Legend of Uzumasap. 82
The Influence of Keikyo on the Japanese Languagep. 84
The So-Called Crave of Jesusp. 84
The Keikyo-Hada Migrants in Japanp. 85
Amenominakanushi no Kami-The Japanese Name of Godp. 86
Kirishitan: The Catholic Church in Japan, The Age of Persecution A.D. 1542
The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Social, Political and Economic Conditions in Asia & Japanp. 91
Dutch Colonialism during the Seventeenth Centuryp. 93
Japan during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuryp. 93
Tokugawa Period (1603-1868)p. 94
Society and Culture during the Tokugawa Periodp. 94
The Isolation of Japan during the Tokugawa Periodp. 96
The Arrival of the Roman Catholic Church in Japanp. 98
Roman Catholicism's Arrival in Japanp. 98
The Jesuits in Japanp. 99
The Arrival of the Franciscans in Japanp. 106
The Dutch in Japanp. 107
The Legacy of the Jesuits in Japanp. 109
Establishment of Seminariesp. 109
Churches & the Local Christiansp. 110
Hospitals & Other Works of Charityp. 110
The City of Nagasakip. 110
Portuguese & Dutch Words in Japanesep. 111
Toward the Era of Persecutionp. 113
The Age of Persecutionp. 114
The Causes of Persecutionp. 115
Moral Factorsp. 115
Religious Factorsp. 117
Political Factorsp. 118
Organized Destruction & Martyrdomp. 119
Legalized Persecutionp. 122
The Hidden Churchp. 124
Discovery of the Kakure Kirishitansp. 125
Glimpses of Tenchi, a Kakure Literaturep. 126
Creationp. 127
The Nativity Storyp. 127
Jesus Betrayed and Crucifiedp. 128
Worship in Secretp. 129
Kirisuto Kyokai: The Arrival of Protestantism in Japan, The Age of Revival & Indigenization A.D. 1853
The Protestant Movement Enters Japanp. 133
The Period of Meiji Restorationp. 134
The Impact of Christianity on Japanese-Societyp. 137
The Clash of Culturesp. 140
Uchimura Kanzo & the Non-church Movementp. 143
Christianity in Post-War Japanp. 145
Post-War Modern Japanp. 145
Post-Modern Japanp. 146
Analysis & Conclusions, The Age of a New Beginning A.D. 2000
A Brief Summary & Conclusionsp. 151
Conclusionsp. 152
Concerning the Hebrew Origin of Japanese People (Part 1)p. 152
Concerning the Church of the East & Japan (Part 2)p. 155
Concerning Roman Catholicism & Japan (Part 3)p. 159
Concerning the Protestant Church and Japan (Part 4)p. 161
Concluding Remarksp. 163
Languagep. 164
Folklore and Religious Traditionsp. 164
Charity Workp. 164
A Lesson in Missiology & a New Beginningp. 165
Lessons Yet to Be Learnedp. 168
Rediscovering Japan & Reintroducing Christendomp. 170
Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 177
Bibliographical Informationp. 185
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